App of the Week-Psykopaint

This week’s app is surprisingly not found on the Amazon App store but instead is found on the Chrome Web Store.  Do not confuse this with the Google Play Store, the Chrome Store is accessed through the Google Chrome Browser.  Like all apps, the apps available on the Chrome Web Store enhance the user’s experience using the Google Chrome Browser.  For this week, I explored the app called Psykopaint.

An example of the brushes available

Psykopaint is a very fun app that lets users upload a picture of their very own or a picture available from the picture library and manipulate it into make a brand new creation.  You start out with the picture you chosen and a brush.  Remember, you are not painting a picture, you are altering the picture you chosen using a standard brush with various options/styles.  The brushes act as a filter tool that changes the pixels of the picture to mimic a painting style of famous artists.  Such artist styles are Guillaumin, Munch, Pissaro, Sisley, Cezanne, Degas, Seurat, Bazille, Renoir, Monet, and Van Gogh.

Once you select the brush, you paint over your picture using the filter tool and watch as your previous picture is warped/changed into a painting that looks as if a master painter made it themselves.

An example of the pic before alteration
Picture altered with a Van Gogh brush
Example of the Monet brush

Once you alter the picture, you are given the choice to save the file on your computer or host it on some other website.  One feature I do not enjoy about this app is the Psykopoints system.  In order to use other tools such as a spray can, you must first spend the app currency called Psykopoints.  You can earn these points by recommend friends or buying the tool using real money.  If you use the saving feature of the app, you can save in a small resolution for free or save a higher resolution pic in exchange for some Psykopoints.

Overall, the app is interesting to use and a great way to spend your leisure time.  All you need in order to start using it is to download the Google Chrome Browser, dowload the Psykopaint app, and make your own account on their website.  I strongly suggest downloading it for free to try it out.  If you don’t like it, hey, just uninstall the app.

What is your favorite app/program to use in manipulating pictures?  Is it Photoshop or is it an unknown program?

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